Yesterday, between the feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost was designated as the feast of Queen of the Apostles. Like Mary and the apostles, all of us who follow Christ, we are called to personal renewal and to the task of renewing our communities and our world as homes of justice and peace. This daunting call would overwhelm us except the same Holy Spirit that overshadowed Mary at the annunciation accompanies us in our mission. So how do we begin our individual missions in this world of so many needs? We might ask our mother for some guidance. Many of us will remember how with a wink or a head nod or sometimes a less subtle but gentle shove, our mothers propelled into action; surely, we can ask Mayr to help us discern our abilities and others’ needs.

On that first Pentecost, the Spirit’s abundant grace made the Good News available to people of every language and culture. This Pentecost, we are aware of violence and loss, division, and fear, but through the power of the Holy Spirit we can pray as Mary did, praising God and living out God’s gift in service to others, in the small and large ways that speak God’s love.